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Makueni County Commissioner Maalim to replace Natembeya

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya.

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Mohamed Ahmed Maalim

Makueni County Commissioner, Mohamed Ahmed Maalim is set to replace Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya who resigned earlier today to pursue political interests.

A new transfer and deployment of regional administrators notice indicate that Natembeya will be stationed at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

“I am no longer the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner,” Natembeya said on Wednesday after serving in public service for more than 25 years.

Natembeya, who has served as Rift Valley Commissioner for two-and-a-half years, is seeking to succeed Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba in the August elections.

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya during the 2019 Public Service Excellence Awards (PSEA), having reposed public beaches in Mombasa County.

Another administrator who moves in the sweeping changes is Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki, who was promoted to Regional Commissioner – Eastern.

Kang’ethe Thuku has been moved from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government headquarters to Regional Commissioner – Nairobi. He was replaced by Wilfred Nyagwanga, who served in the Central region

Regional Commissioners Isaiah Nakoru has been moved from Eastern to the Western region, Esther Maina moved from Western to Central, James Kianda moved from Nairobi to North Eastern.

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Here’s IEBC’s 2022 Elections calendar

General Elections are slated for 9th August 2022.

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IEBC officials at a past function.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Jan 17 to Feb 17, 2022:

_~Voters ~Submission countrywide._

Feb 9, 2022:
_~Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts._

April 9, 2022:
_~Submission of names of candidates for primaries._

APRIL16 to APRIL 22, 2022:
_~Party Primaries._

May 2, 2022:
_~Submission of independent candidates’ symbols, letter of intent to vie and clearance from the registrar._

May 9, 2022:
_~Time for those intending to run as independent candidates to resign from parties._

May 9 to May 13, 2022:
_~Gazettement of names of independent candidates and symbols._

May 30 to June 10, 2022:
_~Presidential candidates are nominated and candidates for other seats nominated._

June 20 to June 24, 2022:
_~Publication of names of all nominated candidates._

June 25, 2022:
_~Parties to submit party lists._

May 30 to August 6,2022:
_~Official election campaign period._

AUGUST 9, 2022: ELECTION DAY.

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2017 post-poll police brutality haunts former spokesman Owino

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

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Anti-riot police officers corner a protester in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

The fierce government crackdown on protestors during the disputed 2017 general elections has come back to haunt former police spokesman Charles Owino.

Owino, who is vying for the Siaya County governorship, says he is often reminded of his then hardline stance whenever he is out in his campaign trails.

“To date, the complaints that were there in 2017 affect my campaigns because I hear some people say you fought us. How come you now want to come and lead us?” he revealed.

Appearing alongside former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar for Citizen TV’s News Night show, Owino said he was a police officer mandated to enforce laws and regulations.

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

In the show opener with host Waihiga Mwaura, Owino said that as a policeman, and as a spokesman, most of the time he had to remain neutral and enforce the law as required.

Luckily, he said, he is transiting from being a police officer to a politician and has always had a way of feeding off the allegations, mostly from his competitors.

“You must understand that they’re just competitors and have nothing to offer. They have nothing to pin you down on and therefore have to get something in competition,” he said.

He said his nature of training has enabled him to handle his competitors, by always having an answer to what he termed as unfounded allegations.

Owino will face it off with former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Senator James Orengo, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, among others to succeed governor Cornel Rasanga.

Owino has picked Rose Midiwo, the widow of former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, as his running mate in the 2022 Siaya gubernatorial race.

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Natembeya resigns as Regional Commissioner to venture into politics

Even though he has not announced the political party that he will be using, Natembeya expressed confidence that he is up to the task ahead in Trans Nzoia.

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The immediate former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya addressing journalists after announcing his resignation to venture into politics.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

George Natembeya has on Wednesday resigned as Rift Valley Regional Commissioner.

This he said is to allow him venture into active politics.

Natembeya who addressed journalists in his Nakuru Town office  after holding meeting with county commissioners from the 14 counties of the larger Rift Valley Region was categorical that he was setting the pace for civil servants who want to join politics.

He used the opportunity to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i and Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho for the support they accorded him.

“My time to leave is here and I want to make it clear that I won’t put on this uniform again unless under very extra-ordinary circumstances.There is my colleague who will take over from me in the course of next week.I want to thank all those who stood with me starting with President,CS Matiang’i and PS Karanja Kibich” he said.

Natembeya has vast experience in matters administration.

He joined in 1996 as District officer posted in Kilgoris before he was appointed Personal Assistant to the late John Michuki who by the was Minister for Interior.

Natembeya was later appointed District Commissioner Murang’a and Nairobi before he was promoted to County Commissioner Isiolo and Narok.

After good service in Narok, he was promoted to position of Regional Commissioner for the vast Rift Valley Region manning 14 counties among them the conflict-prone Laikipia, Baringo and Samburu.

“I have vast experience and this I can attribute to the good working relationship with my colleagues. But I also learnt alot of qualities such as honesty from the late Michuki when I served as his PA for 3 years” said Natembeya.

Even though he has not announced the political party that he will be using, Natembeya expressed confidence that he is up to the task ahead in Trans Nzoia.

He believes in politics of sanity and stated that it is high time to bring about paradigm shift in the way politics are run in the country.

“For those who were saying Natembeya is doing politics in uniform, let them know I have now resigned and ready to face them with clean politics” he said.

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